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What is the meaning and relationship between Christ and "the order of Melchizedek" in Hebrews 6:20, 3:1?
Dear Seeking Order,
Heb 3:1 says that Jesus is our high priest, but a special type of high priest. The high priest was the one man in the nation of Israel who had the ability to go to God and ask the Lord to forgive the people of their sins (Heb 9:7). The problem was that under the Old Covenant, Jesus had no right to be the high priest because He was from the tribe of Judah, and all high priests came from the tribe of Levi (Deut 18:1).
Jesus was from the tribe of Judah – the tribe that kings came from (Gen 49:10). However, before the nation of Israel existed, there was a king that was also a priest named Melchizedek (Gen 14:18). Heb 7:1-3 says that Jesus is a king like Melchizedek. Jesus is both king and priest under the New Covenant. Jesus changed the law from the Old Testament to the New Testament and became forever both king and priest to the church (Heb 7:17).
How far is it from Nazareth in Galilee to Bethlehem in Judea?
Lay Of The Land
Dear Lay Of The Land,
It is roughly eighty miles from Nazareth in Galilee to the city of Bethlehem. Traveling at the rate of twenty miles a day (a generous speed for a caravan), it would take roughly four days to get from Nazareth to Joseph’s hometown of Bethlehem for the census (Lk 2:1-5)… a difficult and arduous journey for a very pregnant Mary.
I've always been told that there is a rapture and that Revelation is about the future... but the more I am trying to read, learn, and understand the Bible, the more I'm confused about the end! I've heard from some of my friends in Christ that Revelation is about the past Roman Empire!! Please help. I am so confused.
Dear Book Befuddled,
Your friends are right. The book of Revelation is about the past, and the "Rapture" isn't something you will find in the Bible. If you want to understand the book of Revelation, we have a class series on the topic that can be found here. The Rapture is an idea that comes from taking parts of the Bible out of context. That class series should help you put it back in context.
Did Jesus say in the Bible, “I am a lord”?
Dear Quote Finder,
In Jhn 13:13, Jesus told His disciples that He was a lord, and in Jhn 8:58, Jesus stated that He existed before Abraham. In Matt 16:16-17, Peter confessed Jesus as Christ and called Him the Son of God; Jesus praised Peter for making this good confession. Jesus rarely overtly stated His deity, but He never denied it either.
I was wondering; why does "John the Baptist" have the title of "the Baptist" because if I understand it right, the denomination of Baptists didn't come to be until around the Reformation. And another question: is that where Baptists got the name for their denomination? Thank you! And God bless you!
Troubled by a Title
Dear Troubled by a Title,
The word ‘baptist’ means ‘immerser’ because it comes from the same root word as ‘baptism’, which means ‘to immerse’. John the Baptist went everywhere preaching that people should repent and prepare for the kingdom of heaven (Matt 3:1-2). Those who obeyed John’s preaching were baptized by him (Matt 3:5-6). That is where John got his name.
The Baptist denomination got its name because they have the unique teaching that baptism is necessary to become a member of their church, but it isn’t necessary for salvation. This isn’t a Bible teaching because the Bible teaches that baptism is a requirement for salvation (1 Pet 3:21). Ironically, the thing the Baptist church is most known for is something that is biblically wrong.